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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is continuing its season of imaginative pops conductors.This weekend’s conductor is Jonathan Tessero. A pianist, arranger and conductor, he has a showbiz background. He has been involved with recordings with the Broadway cast of Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Aida”; the cast and orchestra of “The Phantom of the Opera”; and top session orchest…

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Don't let the name Manchester Orchestra confuse you. The indie rock band, which bounds into Town Ballroom with a full bill at 6 p.m. May 20, is neither from Manchester, England, nor resembles an orchestra in the traditional sense. The Atlanta, Ga. band is on the final leg of its spring U.S. tour in promotion of Cope, the band's fourth full-length studio release, and its s…

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St. Paul’s Cathedral loves to welcome back its former musicians in a string of concerts the church calls “Triumphant Returns.” Friday brings a free concert by Andrew Scanlon, former assistant choirmaster.Scanlon is currently organ professor at East Carolina University. He has performed at some of the world’s most famous churches including four i…

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St. Paul’s Cathedral loves to welcome back its former musicians in a string of concerts the church calls “Triumphant Returns.” Friday brings a free concert by Andrew Scanlon, former assistant choirmaster.Scanlon is currently organ professor at East Carolina University. He has performed at some of the world’s most famous churches including four in New York City: the Cathedr…

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will perform at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on Sept. 7. Opening the show is another legendary rocker, Steve Winwood.For the tour, Petty has initiated a bold move – every ticket purchased for a Petty concert will come with a free copy of a new studio album “Hypnotic Eye,” scheduled for release July 29. Petty also will release the a…

The George Thorogood & The Destroyers ticketed concert originally planned for Canalside on June 28, has been rescheduled to June 27, due to a scheduling conflict. Tickets purchased through TicketFly.com for the original date will be valid on June 27. In a press release, Canalside promoters offered the following: “"Personal emails and phone calls have been made to each…

ClassicalGeorge WalkerSonata No. 2 for Violin and PianoBeethoven Piano Concerto No. 5The Smith-Amherst Orchestra, Edwin London[Albany Records]Three starsI love Albany Records’ varied and unexpected projects. George Walker won a Pulitzer prize for music composition. At the same time, his fine reputation as a concert pianist began with a recital in 1945 at New York&#x…

ClassicalGeorge WalkerSonata No. 2 for Violin and PianoBeethoven Piano Concerto No. 5The Smith-Amherst Orchestra, Edwin London[Albany Records]Three starsI love Albany Records’ varied and unexpected projects. George Walker won a Pulitzer prize for music composition. At the same time, his fine reputation as a concert pianist began with a recital in 1945 at New York’s Town Ha…

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PopThe Black Keys, “Turn Blue” (Nonesuch). This, the eighth studio effort from the Black Keys, and third since the duo broke through from indie-rock celebrity to the mainstream, was always going to be the make or break record. 2010’s “Brothers” was the Keys’ breakthrough album and introduced Dan Auerbach and Pat Carney to a broad audience that fell hard for its blend of wh…

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Pop The Black Keys, “Turn Blue” (Nonesuch). This, the eighth studio effort from the Black Keys, and third since the duo broke through from indie-rock celebrity to the mainstream, was always going to be the make or break record. 2010’s “Brothers” was the Keys’ breakthrough album and introduced Dan Auerbach and Pat Carney to a broad …

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It should have been a summer music festival. It ended up feeling more like a fall music festival. But that was all right. We know how to roll here in Buffalo.The Hamburg Music Festival was established in 2009 and has spent the time since attempting to grow into a major regional attraction, a given, a must-do for every music-lover in the region. As Saturday’s happening made…

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It should have been a summer music festival. It ended up feeling more like a fall music festival. But that was all right. We know how to roll here in Buffalo.The Hamburg Music Festival was established in 2009 and has spent the time since attempting to grow into a major regional attraction, a given, a must-do for every music-lover in the region. As Saturday’s happeni…

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The 1920s live.In the Statler on Friday night, the Hutch-Tech prom included one couple in complete Jazz Age get-up, he in an impeccable suit and top hat, she in a flapper dress.Earlier in the week, I had soaked up the sounds of the Fredtown Stompers, a group of music students from Fredonia State College who played ’20s hits for the college swing set.Most dramatically, the …

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The 1920s live.In the Statler on Friday night, the Hutch-Tech prom included one couple in complete Jazz Age get-up, he in an impeccable suit and top hat, she in a flapper dress.Earlier in the week, I had soaked up the sounds of the Fredtown Stompers, a group of music students from Fredonia State College who played ’20s hits for the college swing set.Most dramaticall…

ClassicalJennifer Koh and Jaime Laredo, violinsTwo X FourCurtis 20/21 EnsembleVinay Parameswaran, conductor[Cedille]Three starsJennifer Koh is no stranger to Buffalo. She played the Barber Concerto a few years ago with the BPO, and she played on the dear departed Ramsi P. Tick Memorial Concert Series. On this disc she is joined by her former teacher, Jaime Laredo, who was …